Senior Center still open 12.2.09

Written by David Green.

Yes, we’re open for business, says Sarah Weeks, director of the Morenci Senior Citizens Center. Always been open; no plans to close.

Most every week recently she’s heard a comment about the center being closed or scheduled to be closed, but that’s far from the truth, she said.

Weeks wonders if there’s some confusion about ProMedica Health System’s plans to move the center to the former Charles Fay Village building around the corner on W. Coomer Street.

“We will be moving,” she said. “When that will be, we still don’t know but we promise to let everyone know as soon as we know ourselves.”

Weeks heard one other comment recently that she found very disheartening. A senior came into the center and asked if she was welcome at the center.

Weeks asked why and was told by the guest that she was told she was too rich to attend the lunch and other activities.

“That is not what we are about,” Weeks said. “We are here for all seniors 60 years and older no matter what their income status is.”

In addition to the weekday lunches at the center, there’s a variety of recreational and physical fitness equipment available for senior citizens.

The lunch schedule is printed in the Observer each week. Weeks invites area residents to visit the center and see what’s available.

Until the move is made, the center is located in the former Morenci Area Hospital building. The entrance is located on the south side of the building, at the first parking lot.

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